Saturday, April 18, 2015

Frits's Tapes Number 109, 110, 111, 112, 113

Tape 109:

Tape 110:

Tape 111:

Tape 112:

Tape 113:

This should keep everyone occupied for a week or two ... have fun listening.

Andrew McMahon - Blueblood

Chicago bassist who worked extensively with Howlin' Wolf's band before stepping out front as a vocalist with an album for the local Dharma label, Blueblood.
Not much to find on Andrew McMahon on internet. On this lp he's backed by Homesick James, Hubert Sumlin, Sunnyland Slim and more. Not a great lp by any means but still listenable.
I've also added the non-lp B side from his single and scan of a press photo as a bonus.


Lazy Lester - True Blues

Contrary to his colorful sobriquet, (supplied by prolific south Louisiana producer J.D. Miller), harpist Lazy Lester swears he never was all that lethargic. But he seldom was in much of a hurry either, although the relentless pace of his Excello Records swamp blues classics "I'm a Lover Not a Fighter" and "I Hear You Knockin'" might contradict that statement, too.
While growing up outside of Baton Rouge, Leslie Johnson was influenced by Jimmy Reed and Little Walter. But his entree into playing professionally arrived quite by accident: while riding on a bus sometime in the mid-'50s, he met guitarist Lightnin' Slim, who was searching fruitlessly for an AWOL harpist. The two's styles meshed seamlessly, and Lester became Slim's harpist of choice.
In 1956, Lester stepped out front at Miller's Crowley, Louisiana studios for the first time. During an extended stint at Excello that stretched into 1965, he waxed such gems as "Sugar Coated Love," "If You Think I've Lost You," and "The Same Thing Could Happen to You." Lester proved invaluable as an imaginative sideman for Miller, utilizing everything from cardboard boxes and claves to whacking on newspapers in order to locate the correct percussive sound for the producer's output.
Lester gave up playing for almost two decades (and didn't particularly miss it, either), settling in Pontiac MI in 1975. But Fred Reif (Lester's manager, booking agent, and rub board player) convinced the harpist that a return to action was in order, inaugurating a comeback that included a nice 1988 album for Alligator, Harp & Soul. His swamp blues sound remained as atmospheric (and, dare one say, energetic) as ever on subsequent releases including 1998's All Over You and 2001's Blues Stop Knockin', featuring Jimmie Vaughan.


Smokey Wilson - 88th. St. Blues

When Los Angeles-based guitarist Smokey Wilson really got serious about setting a full-fledged career as a bluesman in motion, it didn't take him long to astound the aficionados with an incendiary 1993 set for Bullseye Blues, Smoke n' Fire, that conjured up echoes of the Mississippi Delta of his youth.

Robert Lee Wilson lived and played the blues with Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes, Big Jack Johnson, Frank Frost, and other Mississippi stalwarts before relocating to L.A. in 1970 when he was 35 years old. But instead of grabbing for the gold as a touring entity, he opened the Pioneer Club in Watts, leading the house band and nobly booking the very best in blues talent (all-star attractions at the fabled joint included Joe Turner, Percy Mayfield, Pee Wee Crayton, Albert Collins, and plenty more).
Wilson recorded sparingly at first, his LPs for Big Town not doing the man justice. A 1983 set for Murray Brothers (recently reissued on Blind Pig) with harpist Rod Piazza and Hollywood Fats on rhythm guitar may have been the turning point; clearly, he was gearing up to leave his Mississippi mark on Southern California blues.
Smoke n' Fire and its 1995 encore, The Real Deal (a title now used for three contemporary blues albums in a year's time: John Primer and Buddy Guy have also claimed it), nominate Smokey Wilson as one of the hottest late-bloomers in the blues business.
Re-release some time ago on cd with 3 extra tracks.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Various - Genesis: The Beginnings Of Rock Vol. 3 - Sweet Home Chicago

"Genesis" was a legendary series of albums compiled by British Blues experts Mike Leadbitter and Mike Rowe between 1972 and 1975. They were a lengthy celebration of the Chess catalog -- each volume was a box set that held four different LPs, complete with lavish illustrations and extensive notes about the music and the performers.
Over the last 40 years, the Chess catalog has been extensively reissued, but some of the cuts off of "Genesis" remain rare and hard to find even today. Although "Genesis" volume one stuck largely to material that had previously been issued on 78, volumes two and three opened up the gates with rare unissued cuts and alternate takes that had not seen the light of day since they were first recorded.
Although 12 volumes were originally slated for the "Genesis" anthology, it was sadly not to be. Critically acclaimed at the time they came out, it was either due to lack of sales, or perhaps due to co-compiler Mike Leadbitter’s untimely death in 1974 that saw the series grind to a halt after just three installments. The third and final volume, compiled by Mike Rowe, was dedicated to Mike Leadbitter when it came out in 1975. Today, they’re prized collectors items, holding a special place of honor among those who are lucky enough to have them in their collection.

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Frits's Tapes Number 107 &108

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If you downloaded the original version of tape 107 you will need this upgrade to correct a fault, check the comments for the reason why.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Little Joe Blue - Don't Tax Me In

Little Joe Blue, born Joseph Valery, Jr., was a relatively late starter as a blues artist. Born in Mississippi in 1934, his musical sensibilities were heavily influenced by the work of Louis Jordan, Joe Liggins, and B.B. King, which he encountered from his teens into his 20s. He didn't turn to music as a profession until the late '50s, when he was well into his 20s, forming his band the Midnighters in Detroit at the end of the decade. By the early '60s, Valery had moved to Reno, Nevada, where he began recording as an adjunct to his performances in local clubs, before moving on to Los Angeles. He recorded for various labels, including Kent and Chess's Checker Records division during the early to mid-'60s, and never entirely escaped the criticism that he was a B.B. King imitator, which dogged him right into the '80s. The style that King popularized also happened to suit Valery, however, and he gained some credibility in 1966 when he racked up a modest hit in 1966 with the song "Dirty Work Is Going On," which has since become a blues standard. He had extended stints with Jewel Records and Chess from the late '60s into the early '70s, and recorded until the end of the 1980s. Valery performed throughout the south, and later Texas and California, during that decade, and later toured Europe, including performances as part of the International Jazz Fest during the 1980s. There is current one CD of his work in print, the Evejim disc Little Joe Blue's Greatest Hits, a reissue of two LPs, I'm Doing Alright and Dirty Work Going On, that he cut in the 1980s. His "Standing on the Threshold," featuring a powerful vocal performance and some beautifully soaring horns behind some lean, mean guitar and piano, also appears on Jewel Spotlights the Blues, Vol. 1.
This lp is a collection of sides from the late 60's released on the Jewel, Kris labels.


Sonny Rhodes - I Don't want My Blues Colored Bright

Blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter Sonny Rhodes is such a talented songwriter, so full of musical ideas, that he's destined to inherit the to seats left open by the untimely passing of blues greats like Albert King and Albert Collins.

Born November 3, 1940 in Smithville, TX, he was the sixth and last child of Le Roy and Julia Smith, who were sharecroppers. Rhodes began playing seriously when he was 12, although he got his first guitar when he was eight as a Christmas present. Rhodes began performing around Smithville and nearby Austin in the late '50s, while still in his teens. Rhodes listened to a lot of T-Bone Walker when he was young, and it shows in his playing today. Other guitarists he credits as being influences include Pee Wee Crayton and B.B. King. Rhodes' first band, Clarence Smith & the Daylighters, played the Austin area blues clubs before Rhodes decided to join the Navy after graduating from high school.

In the Navy, he moved west to California, where he worked for a while as a radio man and closed-circuit Navy ship disc jockey, telling off-color jokes in between the country and blues records he would spin for the entertainment of the sailors.

Rhodes recorded a single for Domino Records in Austin, "I'll Never Let You Go When Something Is Wrong," in 1958, and also learned to play bass. He played bass behind Freddie King and his friend Albert Collins. After his stint in the Navy, Rhodes returned to California while in his mid-twenties, and lived in Fresno for a few years before hooking up a deal with Galaxy Records in Oakland. In 1966, he recorded a single, "I Don't Love You No More" b/w "All Night Long I Play the Blues." He recorded another single for Galaxy in 1967 and then in 1978, out of total frustration with the San Francisco Bay Area record companies, he recorded "Cigarette Blues" b/w "Bloodstone Beat" on his own label. Rhodes toured Europe in 1976, and that opened a whole new European market to him, and he was recorded by several European labels, but without much success. His European recordings include I Don't Want My Blues Colored Bright and a live album, In Europe. In desperation again, Rhodes went into the studio again to record an album in 1985, Just Blues, on his own Rhodesway label.

Fortunately, things have been on track for Rhodes since the late '80s, when he began recording first for the Ichiban label and later for Kingsnake. His albums for Ichiban include Disciple of the Blues (1991) and Living Too Close to the Edge (1992).

More recently, Rhodes has gotten better distribution of his albums with the Sanford, Florida-based Kingsnake label. Aside from his self-produced 1985 release Just Blues (now available on compact disc through Evidence Music), his best albums include the ones he's recorded for Kingsnake, for these are the records that have gotten Rhodes and his various backup bands out on the road together throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. They include The Blues Is My Best Friend, and his 1995 release, Out of Control. On these albums we hear Rhodes, the fully developed songwriter, and not surprisingly, both releases drew high marks from blues critics. (Itunes)


Saturday, April 4, 2015

Visitors requests....maybe you can help out

From now on I'll be using this post for your requests that I'll copy from the Chatbox. I'll do my best to keep it up te date.You may also leave requests, comments  and replies in the usual way and after moderation they will appear. As this posting will drop down the list with every new posting I will update it once a week to insure that it stays visible and near the top. Comments will be deleted regulary to keep them up to date.
Please do not request new or easy to find CD's as they will not be posted here. There are other excellent blogs that can help you out with your request.
That all been said we will have to start from scratch with the requests.

01-09-2014 Steve626: Big Joe Turner - The Real Boss of The Blues on Bluestime
07-09-2014 Leroy Slim: VA - Savannah Syncopators (CBS [UK]
12-09-2014: Riley: VA - Orange County Special (Flyright)
15-09-2014: Kempen: Snooks Eaglin: Message From New Orleans (Heritage vinyl)
03-10-2014 Anonymous: Herwin 405 "Cannonball: Piano Ragtime Of The Teens, Twenties & Thirties Vol. 2" and Wolf WSE106/WBCD-006: James "Yank" Rachel: Complete recordings in chronological order Vol. 1 (1934-38)
03-10-2014: Aunt Fin: New Orleans Willie Jackson ‎– 1926-1928, Old Tramp ‎– OT-1215
03-10-2014 Fabio: CC Richardson - Blues Of The City (Blue Jay) & I Ain't Got Nothing But The Blues
10-10-2014 Anonymous: Down Home Slide – Testament record
14-10-2014 Anonymous: Memphis Slim - 'If The Rabbit Had a Gun LP
17-10-2014 Sanma Bluesandroll:  Wade Walton: Shake Em On Down" Bluesville LP BV 1060
19-10-2014 Anonymous: Screamin' Joe Neal - Rock & Roll Deacon
26-10-2014 Anonymous: Big Bill Broonzy – Lonesome Road Blues LP
27-01-2015 Sam Blues: Big George Brock LP call "Should Have been there".
Litlte mack simmons religious works (70' lp's)
22-02-2015: Pablow: Harmonica Frank Floyd: Blues That Made The Roosters Dance (Barrelhouse)
03-03-2015: Anonymous: Cash McCall's - Omega Man (Paula)
03-03-2015 Marineband: San Francisco Blues Festival [1976]
Jefferson Records BL-602 (1977).
04-04-2015: Gerard Herzhaft: Bob Starr/ Stop the energy crisis (Blue Power Records)

Monday, March 30, 2015

Willie Dixon & Johnny Winter - Crying The Blues

Live concert from 1971 featuring Willie Dixon and Johnny winter with a star cast group consisting of Shakey Horton, Lafayette Leake and Clifton James.
This is not my rip and thanks go to the original ripper.